Indigenous Stories from South Stradbroke Artist Camp to feature at City Gallery


My Story will showcase artistic efforts from the recent South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp, developed by City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast City Gallery. It’s the Camp’s second year and it has again uncovered exciting talent.

Collaborative processes, passionate conversations, connecting family histories and exploring new mediums of expression are all part of this creative boot-camp, with artists being mentored by acclaimed artist Fiona Foley. Fiona led the group through various workshops and discussions across art and politics, with creative outcomes ranging from original prints using pencil, charcoal and oxides to multimedia works.

Jo-Anne Driessens, recent Indigenous Coordinator at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, said the artist camp (pictured in feature image) was an inspiration, with artists forming an instant bond when they arrived at Stradbroke Island. She said it became another reminder about the importance of create art practices that are facilitated on Country.

“By day two Fiona had started to push the comfort zones of each artist, which led to the creation of impressive new works being produced,” Jo-Anne said. The group used charcoal, pigments and melted bees wax processes on rag paper and undertook combined group work for site specific installations in the nearby bush and beach setting.

Exhibiting artist Jacinda Washington said it was a rewarding and “mind blowing weekend.

“12 awesomely talented and whole-spirited Aboriginal and Island men and women sharing, learning, appreciating, complimenting and growing together as artists and as strong First Nations people, this opportunity has also brought so many great people together and also added to the growth and preservation of love and culture,” she added.

The exhibition features some of the inspired sketchings, objects and works created during their time on Country. Exhibiting artists are Glenn Barry, Luke Close, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Libby Harward, Chantal Henley, Alicia Jones, Anthony Johnson, Lisa Sorbie Martin, Carol McGregor, Jason Passfield, Michael Philp, Christine Slabb, Jacinda Washington.

The exhibition is open at Gold Coast City Gallery until 25 October.

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